Unlike the three parts of the Trilogy, I GOT UP, I WENT and I MET, published respectively in 2008, 2007 and 2004, I READ by On Kawara is not a daily work but is connected to the Today Series, artwork gathering all the Date Paintings realized from 1966 to the eve of the death of the artist, in 2014.
If I READ also begins in 1966 and stops in 1995, by publishing I READ post- mortem, mfc-michèle didier respects the last will of the artist to pursue the work until his death.
I READ contains 3 272 pages. On Kawara has carefully annotated and dated the newspaper clippings which are stucked on the 3 272 sheets of lined paper. On a page are juxtaposed or overlayed several clippings from numerous daily newspapers. Only the date is common to the different selected newspaper articles. Sometimes, the newspapers are dated a day or two days later, but it's the date mentioned on the page header which is precisely the date of the Date Painting.
I READ is thus directly linked to the Today Series and each page is corresponding to a Date Painting. The artist’s interest in world news as well as the rhythm of the work of painting by On Kawara are revealed in I READ.
At the occasion of the exhibition, all the publications by On Kawara published by mfc-michèle didier: the Trilogy consisting of I GOT UP, I WENT and I MET and the One Million Years will be presented too at the gallery.